Are you heading to Maui and looking for some off the beaten path local treats? I’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Maui including my favorite bakeries, coffee shops, food trucks, and quick food stops on different parts of the island. Not only do these places have good grub, but they’re high on local charm as well.
1.Ulupalakua Ranch Store, Ulupalakua: In the heart of Maui’s Upcountry is a huge working cattle ranch where the Ulupalakua Ranch Store has an outdoor kitchen that cooks up made to order beef and elk burgers on the store’s large porch. They usually start cooking around 11 AM and the store inside has cold drinks and side dishes. If you’re out this way, stop by Maui Winery’s Tasting Room across the street to sample their famous pineapple wine (and read this post for more of my favorite Upcountry stops.
2. La Provence, Kula: You wouldn’t expect to find an authentic French bistro and bakery on Maui, but people from all over the world are attracted to Maui and they bring their culture and food with them. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu is a bit limited (mostly crepes, quiche, and eggs benedict) but there is a lovely assortment of pastries at the bakery inside (the éclairs are out of this world and not to be missed!)
3. Grandma’s Coffee House, Keokea: One of Maui’s hidden gems is located Upcountry in Keokea. Grandma’s Coffee House is a true local’s hangout and if you show up midmorning on the weekends the line is usually out the door. Grandma’s has a wide range of freshly baked goods ranging (including banana bread, cinnamon bread, chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and just about everything else you can imagine) but they also have some of the best Belgian waffles I’ve ever had. Get them loaded with strawberries and you won’t be sorry!
4. Kula Bistro, Kula: The Kula Bistro serves up truly awesome breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but its real draw is its stellar dessert case. Even if you’re not dining there, you can stop in and grab something to go – cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, brownies, and pastries.
5. Nui’s Garden Kitchen, Kula: If you’re Upcountry (probably seeing Haleakala or Maui’s Winery) and really want to get off the beaten path, stop by Nui’s Garden Kitchen, a Thai food truck located at Maui Nui Farm (a local farmer’s market). It’s not fancy and there’s not really anywhere to sit, but if you love Thai food, you won’t be disappointed with this place!
6. Komodo’s Bakery, Makawao: This famous bakery is on many foodie visitors to Maui. Well known for their stick donuts, you’ve got to show up here early if you want the goods. Many restaurants also use Komodo sweet buns on their burgers (I’m looking at you Rock ‘n’ Brews!) so even if you’re not able to make it to the bakery there’s still a chance that you can try out what is in my opinion their best offering.
7. Casanova Deli, Makawao: If you’re in Makawao to shop (or stopping on your way biking down the mountain), Casanova Deli is a great little eat place and coffee shop to grab a bite. Their plate lunch special is one of my favorites. You get pasta (usually 2-3 options), salad, and a breadstick for like $7. Hard to beat on Maui!
8. Baked on Maui, Haiku: Hidden away in an old cannery in the jungles of Haiku is one of my favorite little places for breakfast. Baked on Maui serves up eggs any style along with waffles and French toast. They always have a great selection of desserts (the carrot cake is my fave!)
9. Kuau Store, Paia: This little deli/general store is THE best place to stop and grab lunch to go before hitting the Road to Hana! Everything is super yummy and fresh and you can either get a custom made sandwich or Panini or grab something ready made. Also stock up on snacks and fresh fruit.
10. Anthony’s Coffee Shop, Paia: This is one of my favorite places to hang out in Paia (preferably after a barre class at Infusion Yoga). They make a great breakfast croissant and all of the made to order frozen coffee drinks are great (they use ice cream!). They serve a full breakfast menu so make this your first morning stop on this part of the island. Grab a seat at the little bar at the window and get ready for some great people watching in this little hippy town.
11. Bruddah Hutt BBQ Grill, Hana: Day tripping on the Road to Hana? There aren’t a lot of food options in Hana but this one is not to be missed. It’s just a local little food truck but they serve up great local style BBQ so bring cash and plan on stopping to refuel in this super remote spot on Maui.
12. Hasegawa General store, Hana: Not much for lunch here, but this is the must stop place for snacks and cold drinks on the Road to Hana. It’s very old fashioned and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to “Old Hawaii.” Grab a coke in a glass bottle and spend a while exploring the aisles at this Hana staple.
13. Wow Wow Lemonade, Kahului & Kihei: I cannot rave enough about this place! Locally made, fresh to order lemonade in a mason jar??? Yes please. The original stand is located near the Costco in Kahului but they have a shop in Kihei next to Coconut’s (popular fish taco place). My faves are the ali’i lavender blackberry lemonade and the strawberry guava lemonade. The shop in Kihei also makes acai bowls.
14. Costco Food Trucks, Kahului: Literally right across the street from the Costco gas station are some of the best food trucks on Maui! Like Poke serves up fresh fish and made to order poke. Sumo Dog makes island style gourmet hot dogs and shaved ice (check their Facebook page for their schedule as they travel a lot but sometimes they’re here). Also, grab lemonade from Wow Wow while you’re here!
15. Horhito’s Taco Truck, Kihei: These are my favorite fish tacos on Maui! Served on flour tortillas with a chipotle mayo, you can get Ono, Whitefish, or Mahi Mahi (also shrimp!). They have other stuff for non-fish eaters, but really if you don’t do fish you probably should skip this place! It’s right across from Kalama Beach Park so take your tacos across the street to watch the surfers at the Cove.
16. Big Beach Food Trucks, Makena: If you’re down Big Beach way, you’re probably not going to want to go back into Kihei or Wailea for lunch so grab some grub at one of the food trucks (either in the parking lot or on the street). Try Big Beach BBQ or Jaws Fish Tacos. There’s also a little cart that sell frozen chocolate covered bananas.
17. Ululani’s Shaved Ice, Lahaina & Kihei: You can’t come to Hawaii without getting some famous local style shaved ice. Get it with ice cream on the bottom (trust me). Ululani’s is a local favorite and they’ve got multiple locations so it’s always super convenient.
18. Leoda’s Pie Shop, Lahaina: Actually it’s located in Olowalu (next to a roadside fruit stand and across from one of Maui’s best snorkeling spots). This is a great little all around restaurant but they’re known for their pies. The chocolate mac-nut one is my go to. Also, they’re mini sized get several different kinds and make your own sampler.
19. Local Boys, Lahaina: This is most local’s favorite shaved ice place. Right on Lahaina’s main drag, grab a shaved ice (with ice cream on the bottom of course) and stroll down Front Street.
20. Maui Fresh Streatery, Kahului: One of Maui’s best food trucks, this places serves up truly local style food. The food truck is usually parked across the street from the Whole Foods in Kahului but their hours can be a little sporadic so check their FB page first.
Any places I missed? Have you hit up any of these spots? I’d love to hear!